Women of Google+ : Karen Topham

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Karen TophamFeatured G+’er : Karen Topham

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

The day after G+ went live, a girlfriend in Boston–very tech savvy–emailed me with a back door that let me in, which thrilled me because I love being an early adopter of new technology.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

G+ is keeping me abreast of current and up-and-coming movement in the world of tech (such as the wonderful new Duolingo now under development by the creator of Captcha) but it is also giving me a bridge into the real world’s events as well. One of the most incredible things that happened here was on the night of the Norway shootings. Early on, someone linked to a blog from a user in Norway and I added her to my circle. She added me as well and we started a conversation that helped me to understand how the Norwegian people were seeing the events as they were unfolding. I was also getting news more clearly–and more quickly–than the national press.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

While I have not used the Hangout and chat features yet, I can see how powerful they are and how they might easily be used to enhance outside of class activities I might assign to my students. I am constantly looking for new ways to use technology to create environments to help them communicate. As for my life, adding as many interesting people as I can has provided a wealth of extraordinary links. stories, photos, videos, jokes, information, etc. that I would not have seen otherwise. Some of it is frivolous, but one needs that too. Some of it is redundant. But on the whole it is pretty remarkable.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

One daughter says I am addicted. I suppose she is correct. Another says I can get all of this from Reddit. She is partly right, but wrong in many key ways. The Norway story (above) is my best one so far. I’ve been impressed. I look forward to seeing where all of this goes.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a 54-year-old high school English and drama teacher with three (mostly) grown children, three cats, a twelve year old TV set, and a Macbook Pro. My husband, Dirk, is a brilliant but struggling photographer in Baraboo, WI (so if anyone lives out there please hire him). My blog (such as it is–I don’t post as often as I ought to because I am so busy posting on my school blog) can be found at www.ktsunspark.com, and my husband’s website is www.dirktopham.com.

read more

Women of Google+ : Amy Sundberg

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Amy SundbergFeatured G+’er : Amy Sundberg

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

My husband is the chief architect on the project at Google, so I jumped into Google+ the moment it opened.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I love the conversations! On Google+ I feel much more encouraged to share interesting links, have in-depth conversations, and interact with fascinating people, some of whom I’ve met through the service. I also like the built-in capability to control both my consumer and creator experiences: that I can share with whomever I want and that I can read content from whomever I want–and that doesn’t even have to remain the same from day to day.

It’s great that I can post “mini” blog posts on Google+: short thoughts that aren’t necessarily long enough or thematically appropriate for my blog, but that I enjoy being able to share to start a conversation.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

From a professional perspective, Google+ fits into my life particularly well. As a writer, it’s important for me to reach my audience, but with Google+ I am also able to communicate on a different level with personal friends. I really enjoy curating content that ranges from my own professional announcements and essays to sharing interesting articles that I can then discuss with people.

Some of my writer friends and I have also begun scheduling regular writing hang outs in which we write for 45 minutes and then talk for 15 minutes, sometimes about our work and sometimes just to take a break. So far I’m finding that these hang outs are really helping my productivity and motivation, plus I’m getting some much-needed social time. So it’s a win-win all around.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I think Google+ can be as enriching an experience as the users make it. The more thought we put into creating and sharing useful, interesting, and entertaining content, the more everyone will enjoy interacting on the site.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and YA. I regularly write essays for my blog on topics ranging from writing and the arts to people pleasing behavior to optimism and happiness. I’m also a music teacher and a musical theater aficionado.

  • Blog: practicalfreespirit.com
  • Website: amysundberg.com
  • Twitter: @amysundberg
  • Google+
read more

Women of Google+ : Marjorie Light

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Marjorie LightFeatured G+’er : Marjorie Light

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

Another one of the great Women of G+ put up on Facebook that she had an invite, so I snagged it!

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I love how I can filter who sees my posts. It is amazing to have three totally different types of conversation going on at the same time and I can control who sees what. Yup, I’m falling hard for G+! It is especially important for those of us who wear many different professional/personal hats.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

G+ helps me connect with like-mined authors and techie teachers in separate forums, while letting me easily branch out into my areas of interests. I am finding, however, I spend an inordinate amount of time playing about on it now!

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I was pleased with the amount of people in publishing and teaching on Twitter, but thought it wasn’t interactive enough for me – and conversations were stunted by character limits and tweets getting lost in the flow. Facebook became cluttered and I was frustrated I couldn’t filter out the noise.

Now, I have everything I want in a social network!

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m an author, National Board Certified English teacher, and techie. When I’m not running around my 7th grade class, I’m likely exploring the Adirondack foothills or strolling in Old Montreal. At night, I pull characters from my brain and release them into stories. I have a passion for history, food, and travel. Plus, I throw amazing parties!

read more

Women of Google+ : Suzanne Rogers

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.

 


Women of Google+ : Suzanne RogersFeatured G+’er : Suzanne Rogers

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I was invited to Google+ in the initial rush on June 30th. I am active on Twitter and was thrilled to have received an invitation from @Aleanness.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Benefits are not monetary certainly, but I am meeting a different group of people than I had previously on Twitter. I enjoy technology and implement it in my classroom. Being able to HANGOUT with Michael Dell, view amazing photography and help others as they join is beneficial to me. Our students are “digital citizens” and I want to help them use technology in their learning.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I was also an early adopter of Google Wave and for two years all of my students used Google Wave in my classroom for an amazing array of assignments. They also began to use it for study groups and for projects in other classes. Our school has students from several different counties. Google+ will enable them to stay in contact at night and on the weekends, continuing to work on school work together. My father who has blatantly refused to use FB has accepted Google+ at 79. That alone is amazing to me.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

While Google+ is largely male oriented, and I have had to block a couple of people for inappropriate content, I feel accepted and comfortable. I am in conversation with people all over the world.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a Vice Principal at LISA Academy and an AP English teacher. I really enjoy working with students and helping them find their voice in the world. Read their blog posts!

read more